Effects Of The Age Of Exploration

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The age of exploration is a period of time from the 15th century to the 18th century where exploration and new discovery grow rapidly for the Europeans. It represent a time of both good and bad when the Europeans founded new lands and colonize them, such as the New World. To them, they had greatly benefited as their power grew but for others, their land were invaded and lost many lives. The Spanish and the Portuguese are two main leaders of Europe that began the movement of exploration and colonization. Because of their actions, regions like Latin America and West Africa were at a deep disadvantage, being control by other country. But because of the age of exploration, new things are discovered that prosper other places.
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For example, as Kristine Tucker had said, “The Spanish had a positive effect on Aztec civilization because they helped modernize the society. They introduced the Aztecs to domestic animals, sugar, grains, and European farming practices. Most significantly, the Spanish ended the Aztec's practice of human sacrifice.” This illustrate the benefits that the Spanish have brought to the Aztec, allowing the empire to flourish. Similarly, the same was done to other colonies, allowing satisfaction that they are not governed under an unfair system. Despite the lives that were lost in the process, it wasn’t like the Aztec were happy under the ruling of Montezuma II.
The interactions during the age of exploration in West Africa redefined the identities of Europeans by the Portuguese dominated most of the trade, which granted them wealth and power, driving them to the bridge of violence act. Though beginning as a small territory, the Portuguese went to West Africa to search for gold but instead took control over the spices and major trading cities. To make it easier to control others, the Portuguese use violence and a strategic permit. George Percy Badge wrote, “They have guns with a noise like thunder and a ball from one of them, after traversing a league, will break a castle of marble.” This implies how using violence, the Portuguese has frightened the traders
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